March 22, 2009

WBC Semi-Final: Dice Faces USA

United States - 101 000 020 - 4  9  3
Japan - 010 500 03x - 9 10 1
As you can tell from his line -- 4.2-5-2-2-3-4, 98 -- Dice was Dice. But Japan pummeled Oswalt in the fourth and a throwing error by Derek Jeter opened the door to three insurance runs in the eighth.

Japan and Korea --who have already played each other four times in this WBC -- will meet in the title game tomorrow night.

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Japan's (and Boston's) Daisuke Matsuzaka will face the United States at 8 PM tonight in the penultimate game of the 2009 WBC.

The winner will play Korea, who whipped Venezuela 10-2 last night, in Monday's championship game.

Tonight's pitching match-up is Dice / Roy Oswalt. There is a pitch count limit of 100 in the semifinals and finals.

Between 2006 and 2009, Matsuzaka is 5-0, 1.57 in five WBC games. Oswalt has not pitched since last Sunday's game against the Netherlands. Jake Peavy (2 GS, 14.40) would pitch on Monday, if necessary.

The US is missing the left side of its infield: Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia. David Wright, who cracked the nail on his big toe with a foul ball, should be at third, but Evan Longoria is on the bench as a reserve. Ryan Braun, who missed two games in Round 2 with a strained right oblique muscle, will be back. Adam Dunn will return to right field, with Mark DeRosa at first base.

Japan will be without 3B Shuichi Murata (.320/.379/.560) because of a torn right hamstring.

US manager Davey Johnson played for the Yomiuri Giants in 1975-76.

87 comments:

redsock said...

I'm hoping to watch this one, work permitting. ... Actually, "no work" will permit me to watch.

Ish said...

Murata TORE his hamstring? Damn! That's too bad.

James said...

Why in the hell would they not just start Longoria at 1st? He's a far, far better hitter than DeRosa, and DeRosa's slick fielding is sort of mitigated by his playing first.

redsock said...

Roberts, 2B
Jeter, SS
Rollins, DH
Wright, 3B
Dunn, RF
Braun, LF
McCann, C
DeRosa, 1B
Granderson, CF

Suzuki, RF
Nakajima, SS
Aoki, LF
Inaba, DH
Ogasawara, 1B
Fukudome, CF
Johjima, C
Iwamura, 2B
Kawasaki, 3B

redsock said...

Roberts leadoff HR to center of Dice.

redsock said...

CI 6-3, but Rollins gets a bloop to fall in between SS & CF.

redsock said...

Dice gets Wright and Dunn.

1-0 after a half.

redsock said...

I think Japan went OTT, but GDGD has frozen after Ichiro.

redsock said...

DBD:

Braun: bbbcf 3U
McCann: bbbb

redsock said...

Dice in mid-season form -- when it comes to making you pull your hair out, that is. Falling behind just about everyone, sometimes significantly behind, but wriggling out of trouble.

USA: 10
JPN: 0

redsock said...

There is a little McDonald's logo on the side of Japan's batting helmets.

redsock said...

BB and a single to start the bot 2nd for Japan.

redsock said...

Fukudome hacks and P7. 1 out.

Benjamin said...

One the one hand, I'd rather Japan win. On the other hand, I'd rather Daisuke stop throwing 100 pitches in spring training. Decisions... decisions....

redsock said...

2 up in the Japan pen.

redsock said...

Johjima F9 scores a run, 1-1.

Benjamin said...

Johjima knows how to sack up.

redsock said...

Go Japan!

redsock said...

Jeter grounds out, so when Rollins comes up, he doesn't have to worry about GIDP. And Rollins singles! Yay Jeter! What a leader!

redsock said...

US 3rd: 2 outs, Rollins singles and steals second, scores on Wright's double to RCF.

Benjamin said...

David Wright's clearly learned a lot from Jeter, playing third base in the same New York that Jeter should be playing third base in.

redsock said...

Dice then walks Dunn on 4 pitches. Mound visit.

Benjamin said...

Throw strikes, please.

redsock said...

Dice nearly hits Lloyd Barun, gets a gift low strike, goes full and K for the 3rd out.

2-1 US

redsock said...

Dice: 14-21-30 - 65

Benjamin said...

See what I mean? Big influence on Wright.

redsock said...

fucking hackers. jesus.

redsock said...

FUCK YOU, Lasorda!

James said...

If only that foul would have domed Jeter...

redsock said...

okay dice, don't use 24 pitches to get the 3rd out, like you did last inning.

James said...

By the way, w/r/t that A-Rod/hooker thing, would anyone be surprised if the A-Rod saga ends this August with a murder-suicide involving him and Jeter? I mean, is there anyway he could look any worse?

redsock said...

That *would* surprise me -- mainly because those guys don't have as many sleepovers as they used to.

redsock said...

jetes teaching roberts a thing or two, as well.

redsock said...

1st and 2nd and 0 outs against Roy Harvey Oswalt.

redsock said...

NOOOOOOOOOO BUNTING!!!

NO NO NO NO

Jere said...

I've definitely thought about the possibility of a Sui-Rod. Actually, didn't someone here say something about him "pulling an Ian Curtis"? Or something?

redsock said...

see? swing the fucking stick!

2-2

redsock said...

cool linescore at the moment

USA - 101 0
JPN - 010 1

Ish said...

Gamethread!

That's fantastic alongside some rosemary chicken and an adult beverage.

redsock said...

Maybe he'll OD on Tic-Tacs.

James said...

Adam Dunn's defensive issues have not been overstated.

Fucking Oswalt. Why wouldn't Mussina and Maddux come here and pitch for us?

redsock said...

was dunn expecting the ball to roll back to him? ya gotta chase it!

Ish said...

Beat thim Japs!

I think that's what Jon Miller and Joe Morgan are thinking.

James said...

My god, Oswalt. Fucking national league pitchers.

James said...

Adult beverages are wonderful. Homemade sangria!

Jere said...

It never really hit me, the Oswalt/Oswald thing. It's almost like a guy named Hidler or something. Then again, people named Booth never really went away. They're like Fuck You, he don't represent us!

Ish said...

Currently I'm enjoying a Mike's hard lemonade. Emphasize the word "enjoying." Very tasty to me.

Ish said...

Jere, I keep thinking Oswald from the Drew Carey Show when I see Oswalt.

redsock said...

I'm at work. I just had a yogurt.

:<(

Jere said...

Never saw the Drew Carey Show. Is it a dude they make fun of for having the name?

redsock said...

Peavy's peaved now.

redsock said...

Oh likes it!

Jere said...

I've got a good motto for the WBC they could use in '13:

WBC Action: When Kim's watching Iron Chef, Jere won't even bother to go to the other TV to watch it.

redsock said...

after 06 and 09, wouldn't it be 12?

or do they skip it because it's an olympic year?

who cares, really.

redsock said...

Uh oh, Davey Johnson is putting on a Jack Ruby mask.

Jere said...

I was under the impression it was "every four years--except the first break is three years ...for some reason."

Jere said...

Doesn't Oswalt have to go the movies first?

redsock said...

Let Dice go the 5th and be in line for the W and then get him the fuck outta there.

Ish said...

Never saw the Drew Carey Show. Is it a dude they make fun of for having the name?

No but this guy was very, very dumb.

redsock said...

SHIT, there's some SS range.

Ish said...

Better yet, don't let him finish the inning.

Ish said...

Joe Morgan just said "That's why he was 18-3 last year. Because he was always in trouble."

redsock said...

98 - that's it.

redsock said...

Too bad DeRosa, but that's as far as you can hit a ball, it seems.

redsock said...

Game's rollin' on:

USA: 101 000 0
JPN: 010 500 0

Ish said...

Steve Phillips is looking at Joe Morgan like what Joe says is going to be the most knowledgeable and thought-provoking and interesting answer that would provide insight into the secret of how we all came to be... or something.

redsock said...

can roberts walk or something?

i want jetes to make the 3rd out.

redsock said...

insurance run pls.

redsock said...

yu darvish set to close it out in a minnit.

redsock said...

YES!!! RUN

7-4 japan

redsock said...

and it's on a jeter error!!!!!

Jere said...

I finally put this game on, in time to see Jeter make a key error. NICE.

redsock said...

ichiro with an rbi single: 8-4.

thanks, ci!

Jere said...

I heard you guys talking about Dunn's defense before--you weren't kidding!

redsock said...

good god dunn sucks.

redsock said...

a normal throw on that easy grounder by jeter would have ended the inning with the us down by 2.

now they are down by 5.

yu-s-a > u-s-a

redsock said...

manny is like willie mays out there compared to dunn. wow.

Jere said...

First four guys homer, next three get on, next two get out, Jeter ends game, US loses 9-8. Do it!

redsock said...

rollins: 3 singles, triple, walk.

Jere said...

They shouldn't play Unchained for Dunn. They should play Chained.

Jere said...

dunn.

Ish said...

And ironically, two teams from the same initial pool will play in the finals, and they will play each other for the fifth time in this WBC.

redsock said...

more shots of sad jeter, pls.

Joe Grav said...

WBC is getting really tedious. Japan vs Korea version 5.0? Yaaaaaawn.

I have watched maybe 10 minutes of this tournament. Just bring on MLB season.

Benjamin said...

Schilling out.

L-girl said...

I haven't watched the WBC this year (zero time), but how can something be tedious if you've only seen 10 minutes of it? That is one short attention span.

Joe Grav said...

Haha fair enough. The thing is, I've tried to follow it despite not making any particular effort to go out of my way to watch it [i.e. having it on in the background while I do other things, pulling up scores on my cellphone, etc]. And the following has gotten tedious.